Prescribed burn planned on Bearlodge District

Bearlodge Ranger District officials plan to conduct a prescribed burn Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1 on the Black Hill National Forest, weather permitting.

The burn will take place approximately 4 miles northwest of Sundance, WY on Warren Peak Highway.

Crews plan to burn nearly 71 acres in one unit and 109 acres in a second unit. One or both of these units will be burned on consecutive days.

Smoke from the burn may be visible from local communities in the Sundance, WY area, and maybe seen as far as away as Gillette and Spearfish, depending on the weather.

Engine Captain Shane Phillips says prescribed fires help protect lives, property and living forests from large fires in the summer. Burning areas of the forest in cooler weather improves forest health by recycling carbon and nutrients into the soil and controlling forest insects.

“The weather forecast for the next several days is suppose be very conducive to this burn and we want to take advantage of this opportunity”, said Phillips. North facing slopes are currently holding snow and precipitation is likely for Friday.

Phillips and other highly trained fire fighters and fire managers will be on-scene to conduct this burn.